TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has given his backing to under fire FAI chief executive John Delaney but has insisted the public needs answer on the €5m payment from FIFA after the Thierry Henry handball.
The Taoiseach said the €5m loan was given to the FAI from FIFA and not from the Irish taxpayer but he said there was huge public interest in the issue.
He said the football association should answer all questions arising from the payment for the sake clarity and transparency.
"John Delaney should answer and will answer all of those questions. His position is tenable and I’m sure he will be able to answer any questions about this matter," the Taoiseach said.
Speaking at the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Dublin Castle, Mr Kenny said the fallout from the FIFA bribes story was “extraordinary”
He also noted the comments from Mr Delaney that a brass plate company owned by FIFA based in Dublin’s financial quarter should be investigated.
Sport Minister Paschal Donohoe also said Mr Delaney had his support and said the football chief would not have to come before an Oireachtas Committee because the €5m was not from the taxpayer.
Raymond Domenech, the French manager on the night of the infamous Thiery Handball incident, has said he would have "revolted" if he was an Irish player at the time following Fifa's payment to the FAI in 2009.
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane spoke to the press at Malahide today, but Fifa's $5m payment to the FAI has overshadowed Sunday's friendly international against England.